We had the good fortune of connecting with Don Loum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Don, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance is such an important thing to have. Over time managing my time has definitely become a bit more difficult to handle, but not impossible. Along with modeling I’m a full time student at the University of San Diego, California. Tied in with school and modeling I played soccer my first two years of college all while trying to have a social life. At first it was easy to go about my day with no specific time set aside to accomplish everything, but as I got busier with modeling I had to become more organized if I wanted to perform well in front of the camera ,and in the classroom. To me balance means intentionally taking your activities, hobbies, physical health, and mental health a creating time for all of those things to have a time, and place where it is prioritized just as much as other activities, or jobs you are involved in.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Modeling is such an amazing art with so much more to it than meets the eye. I’ve been so blessed with the opportunity to work with amazing teams on various projects. What I’m most proud of at the moment is the impact that i’ve been able to make in people’s lives. I get so excited whenever I talk to someone, and they decide to follow their dreams because they were inspired by work that I was apart of. What I’m most excited about is growing and meeting more people throughout the industry. Modeling has opened the doors to so much for me, and I’m excited to see what come across my path in the future. Getting to where I am today hasn’t always been the easiest. In this industry you have get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable for me entailed in going to casting calls that I was incredibly nervous about, putting myself out there to the world , and etc. To be completely honest being nervous or uncomfortable is something that you never completely get over. I have definitely learned to acknowledge my emotions, and strive to work past them. Understanding how you feel in moments of being uncomfortable is the first step to conquering fearful objectives. Overall what I want the world to know that with the correct mindset, and work ethic you can do absolutely anything. When people see me in work I want them to feel beautiful, confidence, and joy because those attributes have built me and represent who I am.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Starting off I would take them to Self Made training Facility because I love the gym, and its a great way to start your morning. After that I would take them to Morning Glory for some breakfast. This is one of my favorite breakfast spots in San Diego. Spending the day out in the city we would visit fashion valley mall where we can shop. After that we’re definitely heading to pacific beach to enjoy some time near the water. Going to the beach you can expect me to have a soccer ball, and boba! As the day begins to end I’d grab some Mexican food, and eat at sunset cliffs as the sun sets. These are some of my favorite activities, and places to be in San Diego!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m so thankful to so many for what’s been done, and for what’s to come in the future. I’m extremely thankful to God, my family, friends, and especially Ryan Doerr (@keysopendoerrs) he’s the photographer that discovered me, and worked with me on so many amazing projects. He’s truly a creative genius with an exceptional talent for photography. His personality and character is just as amazing as his work.
Ryan A. Doerr – http://ryandoerr.com/ ( IG: keysopendoerrs ) Guzel Khos – https://www.guzartphoto.com/ ( IG: guzartphotography ) Blue Wesley- https://www.bluewesley.com/ ( IG: bluewesley )